Analysts Upbeat on Nintendo Switch … If the Price is Right

Analysts had a mostly favorable reaction to the Nintendo Switch game system that the company introduced Oct. 20 and said will be released in March 2017. But while analysts praised Switch’s innovative hybrid home console/portable design, they pointed to the lack of an announced ... More

SoCal Women’s Group Picks HITS Fall

For its first-ever cross-industry event, the SoCal Women’s Leadership Group chose to co-locate with the HITS Fall conference Oct. 18 in Los Angeles, drawing more than 350 attendees. Produced by the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and Women in Technology Hollywood (W... More

HITS Keynote: Pixar Vet Stresses Importance of Data

Pixar Animation Studios has been able to achieve remarkable success with its feature-length films including “Finding Nemo” and “Toy Story” thanks in large part to the company’s fostering of creativity and innovation among its artists, as well as its use of data and rese... More

HITS Keynote: A ‘Perfect Storm’ of Changes for Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — At the Oct. 18 HITS Fall event, Michael Smith, professor of information technology and marketing at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, set the record straight when it comes to piracy and its affect on content sales. Look around on... More

M&E Journal: Wanted: Cable for the Web

By William Mobley, President & CEO, FreeCast - The media industry is facing a dilemma unlike anything it’s ever seen before. The business model upon which cable TV is built is dying, under siege from Web-delivered alternatives. But paradoxically, that same business model is ... More

HITS Panel: It’s About Experiences, Not Just Stories

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — At the Oct. 18 HITS Fall confab, a panel of content creators, talent experts and IT experts all mulled the same questions: what are the biggest challenges facing Hollywood in today’s digital world, and how can the industry overcome them? In 2020, conte... More

IBM CFO: Company’s Seeing ‘Good Progress’ with Watson Platform

IBM is making “good progress” with its Watson cognitive technology platform, and sees it as a “long-term investment” that will continue to grow as it’s expanded to additional markets, according to CFO Martin Schroeter. IBM is “building new markets” with Watson an... More

Okta: Balancing Simple and Secure for M&E Tech Access

Founded by some of the early engineers of Salesforce, the team at San Francisco-based Okta saw early on one of the main challenges facing media and entertainment companies in today’s digital world: connecting everything to the cloud, and doing it securely. That foresight has re... More

Netflix: Original Content Drove Stronger-Than-Expected Subscriber Growth

Strong consumer interest in the growing stable of Netflix original content, including the new show “Stranger Things,” was the primary driver of the stronger-than-expected subscriber growth that the company reported Oct. 17 for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, Netflix shared.... More

Experts: Fragmentation, No ‘Killer App’ Lead VR Challenges

It’s still very early days for virtual reality (VR), but there are many opportunities for the technology that lie ahead … as well as challenges, including market fragmentation caused by the glut of hardware across multiple platforms and the lack of a “killer app.” That... More